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but by 5:00 it is not very widespread at all. spotty. but we are not looking at a huge amount. not any accumulation of snow. up to 1/2 of rain. but your best chance for a coating maybe on grassy areas or your car, wherever it is cold enough but i think the ground is too warm. 39 at noon. lower 40s tomorrow afternoon. don't forget brandon tomorrow morning, scott tomorrow evening they will be tracking what it out there. which will be mainly rain. so 41 tomorrow, 44 on sunday but colder on sunday morning.
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be dry but don't expect in issues other than wet roads tomorrow. tuesday, we get back into the 60s lows to 70 on thursday. slight chances wednesday and thursday but friday is going to be the wet day. breezes pick up as well. but we are going to be in that balmy breezing atmosphere. >> rob: thanks very much. still to come, justice or injustice. >> i was one of 12 jurors who voted to convict her.
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including a >> rob: there is a move am taking over social media. it is for this woman who has been in prison for years. but many think she has nothing to do with it. >> i studied the case and believe she the innocent and was wrongfully convicted. >> reporter: former ohio alternative general is one of many people advocating for the release of this woman. >> it is my personal opinion
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be free. >> earlier this year i had a chance to meet her personally. i think she would make a very good citizen. >> reporter: she was convicted in 1995 of takes part of the robbery and murder. she confessed. >> what all did you take ? >> nothing. >> patterson's attorney says she took the necklace and called 911. >> she did not commit robbery. we know that, her co-defendants
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>> she tried her case, she got a fair trial. she got convicted >> reporter: he doesn't have all the facts. >> i'm very surprised at the lock of professional courtesy of not getting a complete full picture of evens before weighing in on an opinion. >> i was one of 12 jurors who voted to convict her. >> reporter: meanwhile some jurors say she should be released. >> rob: the governor's office is reviewing the request for clemency. >> rob: brad is next is the
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>> brad: good morning everyone, welcome to the friday night final. we've got all the sports people across the country, so you've
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we get right to march madness. xavier watching earlier on the scoreboard probably a good thing mus the musketeers finding out anybody could be beaten today. they got to done the right way. taking care of 15th ranked weber state state. they got pressed a little bit. james farh 18 points. musketeers now preparing to face wisconsin. the 7th seed who beat pitt today by the score of 47-43. xavier moving on showing the basketball universe they earned the two speed. brad steinke is in the show me state.
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going to make it to the weekend xavier not one of them. they made sure they took care of that business. a perfect way to drop a round match up. they got some early offense off their bench. they held the wide cats four of 21 from behind the stripe. only 13 points out of the miles davis. that was a team that saw some up sets early. >> we watched the game earlier and we saw that. so that kind of made us want to be more locked in because those
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we changed our defensive straj strategies a little bit. >> there wasn't a guy that wasn't paying attention. that's how the group has been all year. i didn't worry about a let down. >> reporter: what's that again? now they look ahead to the badgers really top to bottom a really decent effort out of xavier. not succumbing to any of the hype. remy did aincredibloff the knocking down the wildcats leading scorer. so they are the off and running. >> brad: all right brad we will
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the honor of playing the final first round goim of the 2016 tournament would belong to saint jo's of cincinnati. they got to win. they get oregon on sunday. they made quick work of their first opponents. the bearcats fall 78-76 in incredible fashion. uc in heart breaks ing fashion
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>> brad: well xavier punched their ticket to round two. >> i only watch maybe a couple minutes when i walked out of the
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there is no need for me to watch the game until we advance. i don't want to get caught up in watching styles of play. i think he hit the nail on the head when we made defensive adjustments. really proud of these guys for being able to make the adjustments. >> brad: this is the game of games today. they earned a 90-81 victory. >> felt bad for my guys, they have given me this university, this program and the city a lot
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better team won today. they really did. and we got that take that like men and be class about it like i think they are. >> brad: another big one. kentucky and indiana. tip time 5:15. he goes base line. for the is score. hurricanes down six later in the quarter. easy deuce.
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38-19 spar tans at the half. >> brad: wish we could have shown you some highlights but more tomorrow, thanks for
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have >> stephen colbert! captioning sponsored by cbs ( band playing "late show" theme ) ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: hey! welcome to "the late show," everybody. thank you so much. everybody up there, down there,
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out there. >> stephen! stephen! stephen. >> stephen: trying to wake them up! wake up! >> stephen! stephen! stephen! >> stephen: whooo! ( cheers and applause ) welc--( laughs ) show time! hey, jon, how are you? >> jon: right here, right here. >> stephen: good to see you, my friend! how you doing? >> jon: good, good, solid. >> stephen: how are your hamstrings? how are your hamstrings, jon? >> jon: yeah, they're nice. >> stephen: hamstrings feeling okay? >> jon: yeah, they're nice and stretched. >> stephen: i've got to stretch mine out before i do anything rough tonight. welcome, welcome to "the late show," everybody. i'm stephen colbert. you know, life is good, isn't it? life is good. ( cheers and applause ) more life is better. it's not all bad news out there. some of it is absolutely fantastic. for instance, it's getting warmer. spring training right now, down in florida. i just saw this heartwarming
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( laughter ) did you guys see this today? danny ortiz of the pittsburg pirates is up to bat, down in florida for spring training, takes a chop at it, the bat flies out of his hands-- apparently they had not gotten to the part of spring training where they are trained to hold onto the bat-- and it goes eight-year-old boy in the stands. and check out how his father protected him with his forearm. look at that! ( applause ) that dad-- that dad-- there's your season m.v.p., and the season hasn't even started. the dad's name is sean cunningham, and his eight-year- old son is landon. and that photo is all over social media today, and believe it or not, some jerks out there have criticized the boy for not paying attention because he's looking at his phone, in the photo. which is totally unfair. it's not the boy's fault that
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) i'm not sure the phone is on. ( cheers and applause ) he's just looking-- and here's the thing-- i am feeling a little inadequate as a father right now. and i think a lot of fathers are. and not just because of what the dad did, but check out his forearm. ( laughter ) it's like seeing the bat next to the tree it was carved from. i can't compete with that. look at this-- hold on. here, let's trade, let's trade. cheers and applause ) you take this. okay. okay. here we go. this is-- i want to show you my forearm, okay? okay, here's my forearm. okay? here's my forearm, ready? here's a regulation-sized bat. my forearm. now you see it. cheers and applause ) ( applause
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can we please go back to celebrating dad bod? ( laughter ) it's really-- it's really depressing. anyway, we've got a great show for you tonight. i will be talking to oscar- winning actress, the lovely dame helen mirren is here, ladies and gentlemen. ( cheers and applause ) then i'll be talking to the director of "star trek" and "star wars", sir j.j. abrams will be sitting down with us tonight. ( cheers and applause ) sir j.j., why not. and, we will have music from dma's! ( band playing ) and, oh, hey! that right there, over there in left field, that's jon batiste and stay human, everybody. say hi, everybody. ( cheers and applause )
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show" camaro and jump it over jazz canyon, but before they do, one more thing: a new study says binge-watching tv can cause depression. which explains the new phrase, "netflix and weep into a pint of ice cream." >> tonight, stephen welcomes helen mirren. j.j. abrams. and a musical performance by dma's. featuring jon batiste and stay human. and now it's time for "the late show with stephen colbert!" (
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) >> stephen: here you go! mmm! mmm! ( cheers and applause ) i'll tell you one of the things, one of the reasons that story of the kid almost getting hit in the head with the bat really resonates for me, is that, when i was a kid, i really liked to throw the bat after i hit the ball. possibly-- i'm not sure where i learned it, but possibly because i had seven brothers, and i was the youngest, and i learned how to bat from them, and they were always showing off in the backyard. so if they hit the ball in our backyard, they would hit and just kind of let it fly, like a gladiator throwing away his sword after he decapitated his opponent. and so as a kid i used to always hit the ball and let the ball
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it would just go off look a helicopter of death towards the stands. and my coach would always say, "don't do that! don't throw the bat!" and then one day i was playing sandlot baseball at my school in james island, south carolina, and i got up to bat-- ( cheers and applause ) seriously, james island, south carolina, fans? all right, there are some good people out there from james island. and they know it's all just sand out there if you dig down more than an inch because it's just an old beach with trees on it. and i got a nice hit, i got a nice hit, and i let the bat go and it starts flying away and i then i remember, "oh, yeah, coach says, don't throw the bat." and i turned around in time to see the bat, still in air, still just whipping around, and make perfect contact with a kid my age, like fourth grade, right there, sweet spot, right to sweet spot. and to my dying day, i will
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like a starfish and falling over backwards like a duck at an amusement park shooting gallery. and i didn't know what to do until, of course, the crowd started yelling, "run! take your base!" and by the time i got on to second, and by the time i got back to home, i think they had dragged him off by his ankles. i'm sure he was fine. so i'd like to say i'm sorry to whoever that was, if you ever recovered. ( laughter ) hey, i'd like to do a quick check-in with the audience right now. i do this every so often. it's a quick poll about is anybody here feeling the cheers and applause thank you, thank you, that's fine. thank you. i have my sample size. thank you very much. well, brace yourself. i've got some shocking news
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in michigan, senator sanders dropped a bombshell about burning down. >> i've done marijuana twice in my life when i was very young-- ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: whooo! whooo! whooo! wha! why are we cheering? because he smoked pot? he only smoked twice! i don't think this admission is on brand for bernie. senator, you do know who your supporters are? i will tell you this much, they have smoked marijuana twice... since i started this sentence. ( laughter ) i for one-- ( cheers and applause ) i for one am shocked by bernie's admission. remember when he dropped this track on us? as i went walking
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i saw above me that endless skyway i saw below me >> stephen: he recorded a reggae cover of a socialist anthem and expects us to believe he only smoked pot twice? was one of those times for ten years, senator? the only reason i can think of that the senator from the people's republic of vermont has only sparked up twice is that maybe bernie thought it clashed with his political beliefs. ( as bernie ) "if we pass the dutchie upon the left hand side, the bottom 10% of people to the right are getting 80% less dutchie than the elite 1% on dee left hand side. i promise in my administration there will be equal ( cheers and applause ) is what i imagine he would say. ( laughter ) of course, these days, you can get medical marijuana if you suffer from things like anxiety,
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and you know who could use a prescription? every voter in america, because this campaign season has been brutal. as the candidates fight and then the candidates fall, everybody just thirsts for their blood. it's terrible. it's like "the hunger games." no, it's worse than that. it's "the hungry for power cheers and applause ) welcome! ha, ha, ha, yas! welcome to "the hungry for power games!" tributes, assemble! no, oh, so few remain. of trump's teensy little doll laughter ) and last week, yet another tribute fell, as retired neurosurgeon and ambien-american ben carson announced he was
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>> now that i am leaving the campaign trail-- >> no! >> you know, there are a lot of people who love me. they just won't vote for me. >> stephen: oh, well, oh, well. you know the old saying, "love means never having to say you're sorry you voted for ben carson." but his fall was not unexpected. no, he failed to win a single state on super tuesday-- or on average wednesday-- and carson told supporters he sees "no path forward." doctor, with your eyes closed, you can't see anything forward. ( cheers and applause ) oh, oh! my champagne is going flat! where's my voiceless eunuch!? this is andro. this is andro, my mute man-boy. andro, make happy bubble more now. (
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) good! more! more! yes, good. ( laughter ) shhh! shhhh! shhh! no need to thank me. no need to thank me. back in the pit. back in the pit, andro. ( cheers and applause ) mmm, mmm. ah, yes. mmm, yes. now that has all the sparkle that ben carson lacked. now, where was i? where was i? yes, yes, yes, yes! oh, yes! when the brave doctor announced his campaign, he immediately set the tone with a rousing battle cry: >> i'm not a politician. i don't want to be a politician. >> stephen: wish granted! poof! ( cheers and applause
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mmm! some in capitol city were surprised he didn't put up more of a fight, given this inspiring story of a childhood knife fight. >> i had a large camping knife, and i tried to stab him in the abdomen, and fortunately he had on a large metal belt buckle on under his clothing, and the knife blade struck with such force that it broke, and he fled in terror. ( laughter ) >> stephen: sadly, voters just don't trust someone who is bad at murder. so, let us bid farewell to the fallen. ( cheers and applause ) ( laughter ) ( cheers and applause
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>> stephen: good night, sweet prince, good night-- that is, assuming you were ever awake in the first place. we'll be right back with helen mirren. ( band playing ) mom, who is that? hello! who? these dresses are fantastic. they're old navy. thanks. old navy?! all dresses are on sale up to 40% off. oh i have to go, to old navy right now. [engines revving] you can't have a hero, if you don't have a villain. the world needs villains [tires screeching] and villains need cars. what body aches?
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( band playing ) ( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: welcome back, everybody. my first guest tonight is an oscar-winning actress, whose new film is "eye in the sky." >> so the plan is to put a hellfire through the roof of that house. i need legal clearance, right now. >> a missile from the repo? >> yes. >> so this is no longer a capture situation? >> no, we have two suicide vests with explosives inside that house, so can you clear me to a higher c.d.e.? harold, this is a very time- sensitive target. do i have authority to strike? >> the rules of engagement you're operating under only allow for a low collateral damage estimate. >> yes, yes, and my weapons only invoke a low c.d.e. it's the explosives inside that house that bring it to a potentially high c.d.e. >> and since you know the explosives are in there, it is incumbent upon you to take them into account. i can see a potential legal objection. >> we have got two suicide
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house. >> and you want them off your list, i understand that, but the rules of engagement you're operating under envisaged a capture, not a kill scenario. >> stephen: please welcome dame helen mirren. ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing ) ( applause ) ( cheers and applause ) >> if i didn't do it then, i'd never get to do it, so you know. i have been dreaming of doing that for about, you know, 15 years. so-- i just grabbed my chance. i'm sorry.
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>> stephen: i suddenly can't remember any questions. that is one of the nicest greetings any guest has ever given me. >> your lips are very soft. >> stephen: wow. you know what you're doing. ( laughter ) you know what you're doing. you really know what you're doing. thank you so much for being here! ( laughter ) can you imagine the number of people who are jealous of me right now? >> including me when i watch it. i'll be going, "oooh! why didn't i do more?" ( laughter ) >> stephen: oh! well, i'll tell you what, the ( laughter ) you are absolutely a fantastic actress, a captivating woman, and on a level i never imagined ( laughter ) and-- and you're a dame. >> i am. interviewed some sirs-- they ( laughter ) >> not even ian mckellan? >> stephen: not even ian mckellan.
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my god, sure. a helen mirren-ian mckellan sandwich? does it come with anything cool, being a dame? >> it comes with a very nice, very glittery big star that you can wear at certain functions. you know, on the invitation it says-- i think, what's it say, not honors, something will be worn-- which means you can wear your thing. >> stephen: so like if it's a very special event it says you can wear the thing. >> yes, you can wear the thing, exactly. >> stephen: that's very nice. there's nothing special we get to wear over here. >> you should. because so many americans do such incredible things. >> stephen: they do. >> for their country, for their community, for all kinds of reasons and there really should be some form of recognition. >> stephen: but then we would need a monarchy and we're at least nine months away from that. ( cheers and applause ) don't you think? don't you think? >> i would prefer it to be a monarchy. i don't think it would be a monarchy.
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different thing. >> stephen: it could be, it we'll see. we'll see. now you know a little thing or two about monarchy because you played a queen of some part, something like seven or eight times, right? >> possibly, yes. i haven't counted. >> stephen: you played elizabeth ii twice. you have played queen charlotte. you played elizabeth i. >> yes, yes. queen margaret. >> stephen: queen margaret, okay. >> cleopatra. >> stephen: cleopatra, oh yeah! did you go all the way through breast and all that dying and everything? >> of course! absolutely. we had a real one that escaped into the theater. ( laughs ) >> stephen: no, seriously? >> it's probably still there. >> stephen: you had a real asp on stage? >> we did, yes, absolutely. i mean, obviously, it wasn't a poisonous one. ( laughs ) well, we don't know. >> stephen: don't break the illusion. don't break the illusion. >> but yeah, it came out of the box all like this, you know, and everyone went, "oooh!" and then it escaped one night. and it's probably still in the bowels of the theater somewhere, i don't know. >> stephen: well, did you learn anything from playing a queen? do you have any sympathy for them? >> i'm not a monarchist. you know, i-- i really
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present queen elizabeth, you know, elizabeth windsor. i think she's done an incredible, you know, long, dedicated, dutiful job for her country, i think it's really amazing what she's done. but i'm-- i'm not a monarchist, particularly. >> stephen: for those who don't understand the monarchy, what do they do? ( laughter ) because i don't really mean to belittle, but i just don't understand necessarily what they do. to americans they're, like, fascinating. we love the royalty, maybe more than you all do. >> i know! what do they do? i mean, they just have to be incredibly nice to people all day long, every day. ( laughter ) and then, of course, people are very nice to them all day long, every day. >> stephen: until they're not. until they're not. >> yes, and i think-- >> stephen: until they get savaged in the press. >> and when they get savaged in the press. and when that first started, i think that must have been a real shock to the system for them, you know, because they really weren't used to that. but, you know, you watch the queen at work, and it's just
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shaking hands, smiling at people, encouraging them. "where do you come from?" that's what she always asks, "and where do you come from?" and then really doesn't listen laughter ) >> stephen: that's the easy part of the job. >> i'm from mars and i live-- i live in mars, and, yes, i am an alien. >> stephen: "how delightful." >> "how very interesting. anyway... on to the next." >> stephen: well, your majesty, can you hang out for a second? we have to take a little commercial, but we'd love to come back and-- and if you deign to give us your presence some more, we would be very honored. we'll be back with more helen mirren. ( band playing ) ( cheers and applause
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>> oh, my god! i'd love a cup of tea. are we allowed that? >> stephen: but-- but as-- as the queen of all our hearts, i thought perhaps it would be nice if we had a little bit of tea, right now. and how-- >> oh, how gorgeous! look at that! >> stephen: and how do you take it? how do you take it? >> is it bags, or is it tea? >> stephen: no, it says brewed tea. it's english breakfast tea. >> stephen: would you like? >> that's lovely. >> stephen: okay, so tell me is that too much? >> it's perfect, no, it's >> stephen: sorry, i didn't do you take cream? >> a little milk here. >> stephen: a little milk, is that right? just say when. so, in the movie, you play a colonel-- >> stephen: who is using drones not to spy on-- >> stephen: not spy on? >> to attack. >> stephen: okay, but doesn't she have to spy, first? >> yes, yes. >> stephen: what, do you need something? do you need a spoon? >> no, i just want more tea, that's all. >> stephen: more tea? more tea, okay, you told me to stop-- i was pouring and you told me to stop. >> yeah, i know, and then i put the milk in, and then there was too much milk and now i have to put a bit more tea in to make it right. >> stephen: i don't think i'm getting another kiss at the end of this one. i've really blown it. ( laughter ) the movie is, you know-- she's having-- there's conflict within
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whether you can kill someone and have collateral damage-- >> yes. >> stephen: and whether there is a distance between the military action which is lethal, and the drone operator. and as the-- this woman, who is the commander, who is very hawkish, is sort of a surprising figure because we don't think of this in america-- >> well-- >> stephen: we don't think of female military figures as being sort of hawkish and ready to kill. >> well, i'm sorry, anyone who is in the military, by nature is a hawk, aren't they? i mean, that's their job. >> stephen: i suppose so. >> you don't want a dove, do you, at the head of your--? ( laughs ) >> stephen: i guess not, guess not. >> at least the head of the military. >> stephen: when you were working on the character, is there something different for a-- the idea of a woman being a hawk as opposed to a man? >> i don't think so. i think that, obviously-- it was incidentally. >> stephen: really? >> and it was changed to a >> stephen: they said, "helen mirren is available, let's--" ( cheers and applause )
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director said that it just gives it-- it doesn't just become a man-- a bloke's movie about war. it gives it a broader, human sort of perspective, really. but yes, it's about-- it's-- you know, i think it's a kind of a court drama with the audience as the jury. i'm really hoping that it doesn't cause any divorces, because it's the kind of movie that when you come out of, people will have very fierce opinions about the issues, about what's right, what's wrong, what would do you in that position, what you wouldn't do in that position? >> stephen: is the technology in the movie accurate? because they have these little drones-- little beetles, tiny little things. >> it is. >> stephen: smaller than a hummingbird, smaller than a beetle, flying into people's houses and spying on them. >> that's real. the technology is at that point and it's going to go much further beyond that point in the next ten or 15 years.
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i mean, obviously a lot of this is-- i'm sure it's sort of secret in a sense-- >> stephen: not anymore. ( laughter ) >> not anymore. >> stephen: thanks a lot, helen mirren. >> have we done something, oh my god! ( laughs ) >> stephen: can i ask what is that-- that tattoo? >> my tattoo? >> stephen: is that okay to ask what that is? >> yes, what it means, or--? >> stephen: yes, what does it mean? >> it means-- >> stephen: it's sort of two "v"s inverted against each other. >> it is. it kind of means, equal and opposite, so something can be as different from you as you can possibly imagine but have equal value to yourself. that's the sort of overall idea of it. i used to tell people i got it laughter ) very, very good job, let me just say. >> yes, it was very expensive. no, but, i got my tattoo when only hell's angels and criminals had tattoos. >> stephen: back in the 1970s? >> yes, yes, in the '70s, exactly right, in the '70s. i got it done here in america. >> stephen: really? >> yes, with a safety pin.
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were-- ( laughter ) with a safety pin? and, like, a bottle of ink or something? >> yes, a bottle of ink. >> stephen: you're fascinating. were you-- i understand you actually were something of a carnival barker when you were younger? there's a different name for it in england. >> well, when i was at school-- i mean, i was at the convent school, so i was a good girl-- >> stephen: you were at a convent school? >> yes, i had to go to a convent school, yes. with nuns. >> stephen: oh, really? did you ever think about taking the orders? >> you know, i did. when i was about 11 or 12. something very-- >> stephen: oh, you would be such trouble on those young boys you were teaching. it would have been so hard on them. >> no, it was all girls, it was an all girls' school. but anyway, it was a sort of saturday job. yes, i worked as a barker in the local-- because i grew up in the sort of the british equivalent of coney island. so it was a sort of seaside resort sort of place with carnivals and rides and stuff like that. so i worked in the carnival for a while. >> stephen: so what would you do? sort of like, "step up! step up! she walks, she talks, she crawls on her bell as a reptile. gorilla, gorilla! come inside!"
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blagging. i was on a darts stall. i was trying to explain that, darts stall. >> stephen: exactly, like-- like a carnival where you throw the darts that hit balloons and stuff like that. >> so i had to get people to the stall, my stall, as opposed to >> stephen: was it like, hit the balloons and win a doll, or something? >> yes. >> stephen: was it a total rip- off? >> yes, completely. >> stephen: so you were a con >> yes, yeah, and i blag, i blag-- >> stephen: you were a tattooed con man who spent her time at a convent school. >> i didn't have my tattoo then. that was later. >> stephen: you didn't have your >> but i blagged. i'd go, "excuse me, sir, excuse park at the gate? did you? i'm sorry, did you? i don't think you did? could you come here a second? could you just come here a second, i just want to ask you something. did you park in at the gate? did you? >> jon: yes, i did. okay, yeah, okay. >> you did, oh, good! i'm very happy to hear it! come over here. now, we've got a very good stall here. you know, my prizes... ( laughter ) >> jon: yeah, over there. >> stephen: she got you. jon, helen. helen, jon. >> jon: hi. ( applause
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) >> jon: she got me. >> that's blagging. >> stephen: how much different is that from acting? >> it's exactly the same! ( laughter ) you're so right. >> stephen: yeah. >> that was when my career began. i never thought of that. >> stephen: well, helen mirren, thank you so much for being here. it was an absolute pleasure to meet you. ( cheers and applause ) ( band playing "eye in the sky" opens this friday. we'll be right back. to those who don't run from mud...but through it. who know it wasn't a day at the beach... unless someone got buried. to the fullbacks... gearheads... and those with green thumbs. to the sticky... the stinky... even those who get a little icky.
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( cheers and applause ) >> stephen: hey! welcome back, everybody. my next guest is good at tv and even better at films. his new good film is "10 cloverfield lane." please welcome our friend j.j. abrams! ( cheers and applause ) ( cheers and applause ) j.j.!
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wow. wow. >> stephen: so nice to see you again. >> great to see you, sir. pleasure to be with you. you know why i think people like you, other than the fact that you're a damn nice guy? >> what's that, sir? >> stephen: people love hearing stories, and you're like the consummate storyteller. >> that is incredibly kind, and now i'm on the spot. so now i have to-- >> stephen: no, you don't have to-- you don't have to tell a story. >> stephen: i wouldn't mind knowing and i'm sure people wouldn't mind, do you have a philosophy how you tell stories, like, is there somewhere you want to start? do you start with a question? do you start with a mystery? where do you start? >> not really. honestly, every story is a different thing and all you try to do is tell a story that will engage people emotionally. and i think in movies at least, there's a tendency to sometimes go for a visual effects sort of spectacle. >> stephen: well, you're very good at that. you're very good at that. a lot of things. >> thank you. >> stephen: not the crutch part-- not the crutch part, but the spectacle, certainly. >> thanks. ( laughter i think-- oh, my god. what i think is happening--
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>> it's an amazing place. exactly. i think the key is just to try to tell a story that is as emotionally engaging as possible, despite all the spectacle. >> stephen: now, i understand that-- we spoke about this once before, in front of a live audience for a benefit once, you said that your wife told you to stop with the lens flares. ( laughter ) your wife, katie, said, "that's enough with the lens flares." >> well, i mean, katie's told me to stop with a lot of things. ( laughter ) >> stephen: but this time you listened. >> but lens flares, i was like, okay, i'll stop. she was right. there was one scene in "star trek: into darkness" that you literally couldn't see what was going on. and it was a very important emotional scene. and alice eve, the actress, was somewhere behind this crazy lens flare glaring, and katie just looked at me and said, "okay, i think this is it. i think, at this point you have to absolutely stop doing that." >> stephen: it's like putting on jewelry. put on everything you want before you go out, look in the mirror, and take off one lens flare. >> is that what you do? >> stephen: that's what you do. that's what i do. okay, let's talk about the new movie "10 cloverfield lane."


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